Recently on CNN they had a video blog called Be Your Own Boss in 2010. Check it out by visiting the link. It was about starting a new business during the tough economical times and I have to agree. There’s been no better time than the present, to start a new business. Completely change direction and do something different.
It’s no secret that in America today, jobs are leaving the country daily and more and more folks who were in the manufacturing and automotive industry have lost their jobs and retirement packages and for many, that’s the only job they know. Jobs some of us have had since high school are now gone. Companies going out of business right and left, jobs security has gone out the window. In the last 10 years the Unemployment Rate has nearly doubled. Stimulus packages, while putting a band aid on the problem, ultimately doesn’t help because it sends us into even more debt and offers yet more opportunity corruption, as if we didn’t have enough already.
Even though we are in tough times, there’s never been a better time to start your own business. The sky is the limit and you’ve never had a better more opportunistic time in history than right here, right now.
We are in the midst of one of the largest and greatest transformations in the history of mankind. Since the Internet and continuing onward, communication has broadened and how we communicate has evolved and transformed the way we do business. News, yellow pages, newspapers, libraries, University courses, everything has changed in is changing constantly to keep up with the every advancing technology of communication and collaboration. A transparency revolution and a global shift in consciousness is upon us and with these changes, business are going to change and adapt. New business opportunities are available and will continue to make themselves available during this stage in the world’s economic cycle.
In this shift, we’re changing how information is produced, gathered and consumed. Once it was hard to get your article or opinion read by others now, you can write something and the world can see it. The expansion of the ability to communicate like this very blog or facebook, linked in, etc. etc. has brought forth to us limitless boundaries of wealth and information. If we want to take a university course at Yale, it’s not only possible, it’s free. The resources are available to us, all we have to do is reach out there and utilize them.
Starting a New Business
OK, so now I want to start a new business, what’s next. While I’m not going to go into too much detail in this post on starting a new business because that can be a lengthy process and this blog would end up very long. However, plant the seed. Take a look at this tough time we’re in as an opportunity to grow and grow into something or someone you’ve in the past only dreamed about. So while we’re not going to get into the mechanics of starting a new business there is some important information that will get you headed in the right direction.
Look at it Differently
Starting a new business is easier today than ever, the difficult part of starting a new business is editing your outlook on it. We can sit around and complain and wait for things to happen or we can be pro-active and look at the smorgasbord of opportunities that are already available at our fingertips. Couple things you’re going to need to get started.
- Computer – If you don’t have one, get one. I know a good handful of folks that have been laid off and while some don’t have a computer, they still have cable with all the movie channels. Turn the cable off and invest into a computer. I recommend a laptop and you can get these for less than $300 these days.
- Internet – If you don’t have the Internet at home, plan to get it and while you don’t have it at home, there’s probably a coffee shop in your area where you can use their Internet. Use it.
- Excuses – Everyone has them, dump them. Economic downturns can either kill you or make you adapt and today, in this shift, it’s all about adaptation. There has never been a better time than now to start a new business and ideally, doing it in something you love and have an interest in like a hobby. There are no excuses anymore so forget about them.
In a Nutshell
Get up and get going. This is an exciting year, do something with it. Stop dragging your feet and sitting around playing games on facebook and yahoo and get started in business with something you love and something you are passionate about. No matter how narrow the niche, you can bet their are others that have the same interests as you do. Get started today.
Here are a couple proven opportunities that can help you get started:
The above are just a few ways to get started on the web. Read them, take a look at the resources and then discover your niche and turn your dreams into their physical counterparts by doing what you love and love what you’re doing.
Recent Earthquake In Haiti
Little off the subject of the blog but non-the-less, people of Haiti need our prayers and positive energy more now than ever. There’s power in numbers so say a prayer, meditate, send your blessings to those effected and if you’d like to donate, give to a reputable charity. See Charity Navigator.